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Barr asked prosecutors in the department’s civil rights department to investigate charges against Durkan during a call with prosecutors last week. The Times reported, citing two people who were briefed on these discussions.
Barr asked lawyers to investigate the Democratic mayor was accused of allowing some residents to set up a police-free protest zone near the city center for several weeks this summer amid demonstrations over police brutality and racial injustice, the Times reported.
During the call, Barr also reportedly urged federal prosecutors to charge protesters with rioting, according to the Times. Wall Street Journal first reported on Barr’s remarks about the uprising on Wednesday.
Justice Department representatives did not respond to requests for comment from the Times. The Hill also reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.
Law enforcement officials told the Times that Barr’s question about whether Durkan violated any federal statutes by allowing the protest zone was very unusual.
Trump has criticized Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee The latest part of the Oregon Senator says Trump’s blame for ‘forest management’ for forest fires is ‘just a big and devastating lie’. Remote American outpost, cut off by COVID-19, gets a ferry service MORE (D) on protest zones.
“Radical left-wing Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being mocked and played at a level our great country has never seen before. Take your city back NOW, ”Trump tweeted in June. “If you do not do that, I will. This is not a game. These ugly anarchists must be bowed to immediately. MOVE FAST! ”
Nationwide protests erupted in late May following the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. In several cities, protests have taken place daily, and subsequent cases of police killings and police brutality have revived demonstrations.